Editor’s Note: Christopher Perkins from Athens, Ontario, Canada, has been shooting for PSE for the last 2 years. In 4 weeks, this 20 year old earned $18,000 in two professional archery tournaments – not bad for a summer job. How did he do it, and what has he learned that can help you become a target archer and bowhunter? (Perkins enjoys both sports.)
Question: What’s in the future for you?
Perkins: I’ve got the World Championships next year in Germany. I won it last year, and I’ll go back to try to defend the title. That tournament pays right around $11,000 if you win it. I’ve got to go to Ogden, Utah, in a couple of weeks to shoot Stage Three for the World Cup.
Question: How long do you think you can stay this proficient in target archery?
Perkins: Hopefully a few years. I want to shoot as long as I can. I’m certainly not going to be giving it up in the next little bit. I want to try to perfect my shooting skills. I’m not perfect, that’s for sure. I think I’ve got a long way to go, and I’m going to continue to try to get better.
Question: What do you think would be required for you to become a perfect archer?
Perkins: There’s a lot more tournaments that I need to win. I’m not the best archer I can be yet, and I know that, and it’s going to take some years and some experience for me to continue to get better.
Question: When will you decide that you’re the best archer you can be?
Perkins: I know I’ve got some years ahead of me in shooting. I know I’ve got to compete in more international events and more big tournaments, and I know that I’ve got to win more than what I’ve won in the past.
Question: How will you know when you’ve become a perfect archer?
Perkins: I don’t think archery is a sport that you can be perfect at, although you strive for perfection every time you shoot. You can be a good archer, but you can’t be perfect at it. There’s always going to be mistakes, and there always will be room for improvement. But for me, I don’t have a goal of becoming the perfect archer. My goal is to strive to become the perfect archer, and I think that’s what all the competitive archers do. We’re all running the race to try to reach a finish line that we know we never can reach, but it’s in the striving, the trying, the working and continuing to try to improve and reduce the number of mistakes we make that we have a chance to become the best archers we ever can be.
Question: How does target archery fit into your bowhunting?
Perkins: Target archery fits perfectly into my bowhunting, because archery competitions are primarily held in the spring and summer, and our hunting season in Canada doesn’t start until October. All the competitive shooting is basically over by then, at least for me, so after the tournament archery season is over, I’m tuned up, my bows are tuned up, and I’m ready to go hunting. And, remember, I started shooting target archery so that I could become a better bowhunter, and I think that these sports complement each other. If you want to be a better bowhunter, become a better target archer.
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